SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

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Frank Wong, Director, shares the story of why he chooses to support The Human Kind Project:

It started with a thought, the cliché of wanting to make a change in the world. That change being that no human being should be without what they need to live.

We often think of hunger and poverty as a problem far too big to solve in our life time. The more I thought about this, the more questions I had but somehow, I knew that donating to a not for profit organisation without thinking too much further was not the answer. After all, where exactly does that money go? What do they do with it? How much of what I give ends up with the person I think I’m helping?

I wanted to be part of something more than being seen to be doing something good or paying for a clear conscience.
Earlier this year, I was lucky enough to be part of the Human Kind Project Leadership Immersion Trip to Malawi. It was a great opportunity to learn more about how to be part of something much larger than myself.

Leading up to the trip, I tried to keep an open mind without any expectations on the experience ahead but in all honesty, I did find myself bracing for what I may witness first hand as if there was some way of preparing myself to experience the picture of hunger and poverty that a lot of us have been conditioned to perceive through images of young children crying, bloated and a general mood of helplessness.

Upon arrival, we learnt about The Hunger Project’s epicentre strategy and the idea that people living in hunger and poverty are not the problem, they are the solution. An epicentre is a cluster of villages the Hunger Project work alongside, with the goal of them becoming self-reliant. This goal is achieved through education, working with community leaders and starts with the most powerful part of all – that is mindset change. Changing the mindset of people who have only ever known hunger and poverty to believe that not only can it change but that they are the ones who will do it.

During the trip, our group visited the homes of families in epicentres at different stages of the strategy to learn about their day to day life, tell them about ours. Somewhere during all of this, it became very real to me and that every statistic or number I had ever heard or read is a face. A life. A human being.

We visited an epicentre called Ligowe which became self-reliant in 2016. Greeted with smiles all around, it was a complete contrast to my pre-conceived idea of what to expect. The community of Ligowe shared their stories of success and the adversity along the way. Of how they were able to achieve so much with minimal financial input. There was an overwhelming sense of pride and rightfully so.

One of the most powerful moments on the trip that resonates with me, was during the visit to an epicentre called Majete 4 which was an epicentre very early in the strategy. We arrived to a gathering where a man stood up and spoke. His message was simple. They had been receiving aid from organisations but they were not in control of when, for how long or if it was enough. What he wanted was the skills and knowledge so he could provide for himself, his family and community. There was absolute resilience in his voice.

Nchalo was the last epicentre we visited on the trip and home to over 37,000 people. The community of Nchalo welcomed us in song and dance. They were so proud to share with us the work they had done and what they’ve been able to achieve. It reminded me that in the face of adversity, the difference that the power of mindset change and resilience plays. Nchalo is one last stage away from becoming self-reliant but had their funding cut 4 years ago which has slowed progress. This final stage normally takes 2 years. With support, funding and the hard work of the people of Nchalo, we can get this done. This trip taught me a lot about hunger and poverty but also about resilience and changed my own mindset.

I started this journey wanting to be part of something much larger than myself and so following this trip, I decided to partner with Human Kind Project and The Hunger Project to invest in Nchalo to become self-reliant, to help the people of Nchalo end hunger and poverty not just for today but for every generation to come.

If you have a cause that you believe in, something that you already invest in, that is one of the most amazing thing to find and I would love to hear you share your story.

Goodness is the only investment that never fails.

If you like to be a part of this journey, I invite you to join me, to invest in the empowerment of real people, whole generations and one day we can share our story of what we did to end hunger and poverty in the world.

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